S – that you may be able to stand… that you may be able to withstand …to stand firm. Stand therefore – Ephesians 6:11, 13, 14
O – It is obvious from this passage that we need to stand. From the amount of times that we are told to stand the apostle must think that we are prone to falling. Or we should think of this word as the opposite of falling back, giving up ground that has been won. This is a better picture for me, ‘holding the hill’, seems to convey the meaning. If we are in the battle we are constantly fighting for new territory. Once it is taken, we have to hold on to it. It is sometimes surprisingly easy to take some new spiritual ground. But if we are not vigilant we may fail to defend it.
A – I will examine my recent battles. If I haven’t had any, I need to get into the fight. If I have had any success in new spiritual ground, then I will make a point to ‘raise a flag.’ I need to recognize the victories somehow. Some may be appropriate to share with others, some may need to be written down in my journal, but they need to be observed in a way that I know they are mine to defend.
P – Lord, allow me to see clearly the battlefield. Help me to remember where you have brought me. Let me not give up what you have led me to take. This day is yours and I will live it to your glory. Amen.